COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio Dominican's men's basketball team couldn't hold on to a 10-point second half lead as the Panthers fell 81-75 to visiting Michigan Tech Thursday night in GLIAC action at Alumni Hall.
With the setback, the Panthers dropped to 2-6 (0-3 GLIAC) on the season, while the Huskies improved to 7-1 (2-0 GLIAC).
The Panthers opened up a 50-40 advantage minutes into the second half after two Zak Kapron (Malvern, Ohio) free throws. An 18-8 run by the Huskies over the next seven and a half minutes, however, evened the score at 58 with 10:06 to play.
ODU answered with a jumper by John Trew (Barberton, Ohio) and a layup by Zack Joseph (Lewis Center, Ohio) to take a 62-58 lead with 8:36 left. However, that would be the last lead of the ballgame for the Panthers, as ODU missed 11 of its next 12 shots from the field. Trew's triple finally ended the drought and brought the Panthers to within 77-72 with 15 seconds left, but ODU would draw no closer.
A hot shooting first half propelled Ohio Dominican to a nine-point edge after the first 20 minutes. Jake Mochoskay (Mansfield, Ohio) drilled three three-pointers from the same spot on the left wing, and Kip Kelley (Raleigh, N.C.) followed with another triple hit from the right corner to help the Panthers build a 12-5 advantage just five minutes into the game.
A 12-3 run by the Huskies put Michigan Tech in front, and the lead swung back-and-forth over the middle portion of the half. Trailing 27-26, ODU scored the next nine points. Darrien Douglas (Willard, Ohio) wrapped a pass behind his back to set up a two-handed dunk by Trew, and Douglas buried a three-pointer on the next trip down as the Panthers grabbed a 35-27 lead with 3:45 to play. Mochoskay and Kelley closed the half with back-to-back threes to give ODU a 45-36 advantage at intermission.
The Panthers drained 7-of-11 from beyond the arc and shot 52.9 percent in the opening 20 minutes, but could not sustain that momentum as ODU managed 8-of-27 shooting (29.6 percent) and 3-for-12 (25 percent) from three point range.
Mochoskay poured in a career-high 14 points and pulled down six rebounds. Douglas came off the bench for a season-best 11 points in 16 minutes of action, and Aaron Gibbs (Oberlin, Ohio) tallied 10 points and six rebounds.
The Panthers committed a season-low eight turnovers, but Michigan Tech also had just eight turnovers. The Huskies out-rebounded ODU 40-33 for the game and shot 64 percent (16-of-25) in the second half. Mike Hojnacki led all players with 26 points, 21 of which came in the first half, and Don Fowler scored 20.
Ohio Dominican returns to the court a week from tonight as the Panthers take on GLIAC foe Wayne State at 6 p.m. Thursday in Detroit.
Contact: Scott Miles